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BIO COMING SOON
I had always loved sports and played a wide variety over the years, but in my mid 40s the accumulated injuries and ailments caused me to quit just about everything. After several years of doing nothing, I didn’t get any better, so I decided if I was going to be in pain anyway, I might as well be active. In 2015 I got back into shape on my own and was looking for something to motivate me to keep exercising and eating better. I saw an article about Spartan race and how fast the sport was growing, and the fire jump pictures looked pretty awesome. I convinced my brother to sign up for the Chicago Sprint with me and we had a friendly competition that day (for the record, I won). During the race I had so much fun and I felt so alive that when I finished I was sad it was over. I ran a few more local races that year, including Battlefrog (R.I.P).
In 2016 I completed my first Trifecta, but running in the new "competitive" division I was disappointed to see cheating was common. So in 2017, at the age of 50, I decided to run in the Spartan Elite division. I didn't expect to compete with the top dogs but I really wanted to see how well I could do against other athletes on a level playing field. I knew I needed to improve my training and began searching for like-minded people to train with. That was how I found the FLATliners. They made me feel right at home from my first day (I remember Derrick in particular), and truly have become my second family. Each and every member is inspiring and amazing to me in one way or another. It was the training with Ryan that helped me improve obstacle skills as well as my physical and mental toughness (though that will always be a work in progress). I’ve gotten so much more out of this training than I ever imagined I would.
2017 ended with my first podium finish, a 1st in masters at the inaugural Highlander 12 mile. Right after that I placed 6th in the 3k and 7th in the 15k in age group at the OCR Worlds in Ontario.
2018 was a busy year, and I missed some races due to injuries, but I did win my age group at the Chicago Beast and Chicago Savage, and took third at the Toyota Park Stadion Race.
2019 has been my best year so far, with age group wins at Indiana Sprint, Chicago Beast, Chicago Savage, and NORAM Championships 3k, and second place in Las Vegas Super and Minnesota Sprint. But frankly the podium finishes are not why I do OCR. I can honestly say that I probably wouldn’t still be running OCR if I hadn’t found the FLATliner family and Strong as Oak folks. Having so many friends out on the course allows me to enjoy the successes of others, even when my race doesn’t go as hoped. And even though we compete against each other, everyone is supportive and positive, and conducts their business with integrity. I know if I get beat by a FLATLiner or Oak, they did their burpees and earned it!
It’s not the size of the dog but the size of fight in the dog” - that’s my motto for life and obstacle course racing. I started off my OCR career as a long distance runner in high school and college and got into weight lifting in college. I wanted to combine the two worlds I fell in love with (weight lifting and running). I did my first race at the Abominable 2018 and have been hooked since! The community has been extremely encouraging and welcoming.
I was always told I was going to have my obstacles in life. I was born with a hearing impairment and was told my balance would always be a struggle for me - and it was when I was younger (so it’s crazy to think I’m here now doing rope climbs, rigs, etc in my races).
Also with being just shy of 5 feet tall, I know I have to work harder at certain obstacles. I was also bullied for my size growing up - I was always told I “don’t look like a runner” and then when I started weight lifting, was told I am “too small to be a weight lifter”. I moved around every 2-3 years growing up to new states where I would know no one; and sports were a way for me to cope.
However, once I started OCRs, I never felt so much encouragement and love! The community has been wonderful. I love showing people that you are capable of more than you can imagine - both in racing and in life! I am still new to races but I finished first at Toyota 2018 Stadion Sprint (AG), Chicago Spartan Sprint 2019 (aka mud fest ), Highlander Assault Elite 12 mile and I placed 5th at the Abominable Snow Race 2018.
BIO COMING SOON
BIO COMING SOON